Shyam Thapa: Igor Stimac's job is not easy, must be appreciated for the SAFF Championship win

After India’s drab screen in the very first 2 video games of the SAFF Championship, coach Igor Stimac needed to deal with criticism from numerous quarters. However, after India clinched their 8th title on Saturday night whipping Nepal 3-0 in the last, the Croatian would be breathing a lot much easier.

AIFF’s (All India Football Federation) Technical Committee chairman Shyam Thapa has actually backed Stimac and valued his efforts to assist the Indian group reverse their fortunes. 

What did Shyam Thapa state? 

“I had full faith in the team. I asked everyone to be patient. The first two matches were not the final, and in the final, they showed what they are. They kept the reputation of our country. We are still number one in the SAFF region. They played really well against Nepal. I am happy with the performance. We must appreciate the coach as well. His job is not easy. When India were playing badly, he was criticised and now he must be appreciated. Match by match they have improved and they kept their best for the final. But there is still a lot of scope to improve,” specified the previous India global to Goal

Manvir Singh requires to enhance

Thapa, who utilized to be a forward himself, thinks that striker Manvir Singh need to take his video game a number of notches greater in the nationwide t-shirt. He likewise revealed his issues about India’s defence. 

“I am not impressed with Manvir Singh. He is tall and he should harass the defenders more so that there is more space for Sunil (Chhetri). But I hardly saw him do that. He should jump more and win headers. He looked better in ISL but ordinary in SAFF. Sunil once again scored but we cannot depend on him all the time. Also in defence, they must improve. Gurpreet will not save you every time. Also, there is a dependence on Sandesh Jhingan. We have not found his replacement. We have a young midfield that is playing well. But they need to be more creative. They play in different teams in ISL and the national team does not meet often. So it takes a bit of time to gel and understand each other,” he suggested.

Covid-19 impacted India’s preparations

The Indian group did not play a single match in 2020 due to Covid-19. After playing in September 2019, they as soon as again gone back to the pitch on March 25, 2021 in a friendly versus Oman. However, there was the Indian Super League (ISL) in between. 

“The Indian team do not train together for a long period of time. It is a major problem for the coach. In between ISL, Covid he hardly gets time to conduct camps. Indian players do not have the quality of their European counterparts that they will camp for three-four days in an international break and still play beautiful football. We need time to understand each other and achieve that cohesion. Like the SAFF tournament, we need to play more matches like this. Otherwise, it is difficult to improve,” Thapa revealed. 

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